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Grandparenting with a purpose offers resources to help grandparents intentionally pray for their grandchildren to know and follow Jesus Christ.

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Do you have a Birthday Cake for Jesus at Christmas?

December 14, 2017
One of our family traditions is to have a birthday cake for Jesus at our Christmas family gathering. The birthday cake is always a big hit with the children. They love blowing out the candles and singing “Happy birthday to Jesus “an excellent way to teach them about celebrating the birthday of Jesus. Don’t miss the value of Christmas traditions, especially making memories of celebrating the birth of Jesus. Questions to think about: What are your family traditions of the true meaning of Christmas? What do you want your grandchildren to remember about celebrating Christmas with you? Do you want them to remember the expensive Christmas gifts you gave to them? On the other hand, do you want them to remember something about celebrating the true meaning of Christmas, such as blowing out the candles on Jesus’ birthday cake or reading the story of the birth of Jesus from the Bible before opening the gifts? Ask God for creative ideas of how you can share the true meaning of Christmas with your grandchildren. Have you prayed about the gifts you are going to give your grandchildren for Christmas? Ask God to provide you with ideas of what you might do to encourage your grandchildren to think of others and their needs, not only their own during this Christmas season. “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.” (Proverbs 16:3) By Lillian Penner, Co-prayer director for Christian Grandparenting Network, lpenner@christiangrandparenting.net

Have you heard about “Life at the Pond” video series for your grandchildren?

December 11, 2017
You will be holding back the giggles as your grandchildren take you on adventures on the pond and everyday challenges with a smile. You will find each episode applies solid, biblically-based truths to life lessons that build character in your kids and provide more than a splash of humor along the way from a crew building lifelong friendships at The Pond. I will introduce you to the characters: Bill the duck just a wants a calm life on the pond. Methuselah the alligator is the wise one. Tony the frog is a loud fella. Floyd the turtle doesn’t completely understand the world around him, Dr. Holstein is a sharp but fragile chicken who lives at the nearby coop Kevin, Pat, and Mike are old friends. This video series will be an excellent gift for your grandchildren to teach them biblically based truths. You will find hours of family-safe entertainment with this five-video series and audio episodes. I would like to encourage you to take advantage of their 50% sale now at $34.95 for their 5 video series. Don’t miss the sale. Check out the website: http://lifeatthepond.mybigcommerce.com/dvds/ By Lillian Penner, author of Grandparenting with a Purpose, Effective Ways to Pray for your Grandchildren, www.gdptpr.com    

What is the meaning of the Christmas tree?

December 7, 2017
The Christmas tree, the most celebrated symbol of Christmas is an evergreen tree, representing life. The custom of erecting a Christmas tree is historically traced to the 15th century. “The tree was traditionally decorated with edibles such as apples, nuts, or other foods. In the 18th century, it began to be illuminated by candles, which were ultimately replaced by Christmas lights after the advent of electrification. Today, there are a wide variety of traditional ornaments, such as garland, tinsel, and candy canes. An angel or star might be placed at the top of the tree to represent the angel Gabriel or the Star of Bethlehem from the Nativity. “ [1] The branches of the evergreen tree, remind us of the many roles we have in our lives such as parenting, grandparenting, great-grandparenting. They also tell us of all the relationships we have with our family, friends, neighbors, our careers, hobbies, activities, sports, etc. As we submit, each of these branches to God He can adorn them with ornaments, as He develops our character, with the fruit of the Spirit. Let’s look at the ornaments on the tree representing the fruit of the Spirit. When we accept God’s unconditional LOVE in our hearts allowing His love to flow through us to others, he will give us JOY. Our hearts will be full of joy amidst the daily challenges of our lives because “The joy of the Lord will be our strength”. When we experience the JOY of the Lord as our strength, we will have PEACE. PEACE is calmness in our hearts amidst the challenges we face, extending through our lives to others. After our adorning with love, joy, and peace, we will are empowered with PATIENCE, an attitude that does not lose hope for others even if they irritate or hurt us. KINDNESS expressed with our words and deeds to a sad or lonely heart may be their connection to Jesus. Then GOODNESS will flow into good works from our kind heart reflecting the character of God attracting others to Jesus. Another ornament placed on the tree is FAITHFULNESS. Just as God is faithful to us, it is essential that we too are dependable and trustworthy with others. Faithfulness brings us to GENTLENESS, an ability to be pleasant, composed and controlled in the daily challenges of life. The last ornament we will place on the tree is SELF-CONTROL, which adorns our lives with the character of strength to restrain us from doing wrong. We cannot have self-control without all the other ornaments. Then the tree will be wrapped with a garland of God’s righteousness, and the star placed on the top directing people to Jesus. We will plug in the lights illuminating the tree representing Jesus the light of the world, a symbol of hope. Just as we have beautiful Christmas trees in our homes, our lives will be fascinating when adorned with the fruit of the spirit.   This year let’s give our grandchildren a spiritual application of the Christmas

Give your grandchildren the gift of a Praying Grandparent

December 3, 2017
Give your grandchildren the gift of a praying grandparent Pray this prayer and/or send it to your grandchildren. Dear Lord, I pray that ___________(insert grandchild’s name) will: C – Cast all their anxiety on God because He cares for them. I Peter 5:7 H –Humble him/her self before the Lord. James 4:10 R – Renew their minds. Romans 12:2 I – Be Imitators of God. Ephesians 5:1 S – Seek first God’s kingdom. Matthew 6:33 T – Trust in the Lord with all their hearts. Proverbs 3:5, M- Meditate on God’s Word. Psalms 1: A –Abound in their love of God and His Word. Ephesians 1:9 S – Stand firm in their faith. I Peter 5:6 By Lillian Penner, Co-prayer director for Christian Grandparenting Network, lpenner@christiangrandparenting.net

The Emotions of Mary and Joseph

November 30, 2017
When my husband and I attended a reunion in Branson, MO we saw the excellent performance of The Miracle of Christmas at the Sight & Sound Theatre. I was impressed by how they displayed the emotions of Mary and Joseph when faced with the announcements of Gabriel. While the Jewish nation was waiting for God to free them from living in Roman bondage God sent the angel Gabriel to tell Mary, “You are highly favored! The Lord is with you . . . You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus…” Since she was, a Virgin Mary was greatly troubled and questioned the angel. Gabriel said, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. . . For nothing is impossible with God.” Mary recognized God’s voice and answered, “I am your servant, and may it be to me as you have said”. Then the angel left her. Joseph, Mary’s fiancée, was troubled when he learned Mary was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. He did not want to expose her to public disgrace, so he had in mind to divorce her quietly. However, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to name him Jesus because he will save his people from their sins (bondage).” When Joseph woke, he did what the angel commanded him and took Mary home as his wife but had no union with her until she gave birth to a son. And he named the son Jesus. Even though Mary and Joseph questioned the angel, they recognized the voice of God and submitted to his agenda, not knowing what it would mean for them and their people at the time. Pray your grandchildren will live so close to God that when He speaks to them, they will recognize His voice, listen to Him, follow Him in obedience, and trust Him, as Mary and Joseph did. They were greatly troubled; however, they recognized the voice of God that the angel Gabriel delivered, and they obeyed. Mary had the honor of giving birth to Jesus, the long-awaited Messiah fulfilling what the Lord had said through the prophet Isaiah. Ask yourself: “Do I recognize and obey God’s voice when He speaks to me”? May God bless you and your family richly as you celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. By Lillian Penner Co-Prayer Director of Christian Grandparenting Network, lpenner@christiangrandparenting.net  

How does God’s love reflect from your life to your grandchildren?

November 26, 2017
During this Christmas season, many grandparents will have the privilege to spend time with their children and grandchildren. It is always a special time to celebrate the holidays with the family reminiscing, sharing current family activity, along with enjoying the delicious food. Just as Moses told the Israelites to be careful not to forget the things they had seen God do for them and pass them on to their children and grandchildren according to Deuteronomy 4:9. We too are to pass on our stories of God’s faithfulness to our families. Christmas is a good time for us to share and encourage the family to share about God’s faithfulness to us throughout the past year. As we reminisce and visit with your children and grandchildren let’s be sensitive to opportunities we might have to share how God has blessed us in our journey of life. Our lives influence and affect our families one-way or other. You may be the only Jesus your grandchildren will see. As grandparents, let’s ask ourselves, “Does God’s love reflect from my life to my children and grandchildren like a mountain lake reflects what’s beyond it? Do they see Jesus in me?” Do I have a positive or negative influence on my grandchildren? Prayer Dear Father, I desire to abide in you, live my life so my grandchildren will see Jesus in me. Help me to be a godly example as I walk my journey of life. I want the story of my life to bear fruit and glorify you. In Jesus’ name. Amen. Share with other grandparents how you are sharing the story of your life with your family below in the comments. If this blog has been meaningful to you, email it to a friend or share it on your Facebook page. By Lillian Penner, Co-Prayer Coordinator for Christian Grandparaenting.net, lpenner@christiangrandparenting.net